Chennai: The SC/ST Teachers’ forum and concerned teachers at the University of Hyderabad wrote an open letter to the Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile after the university authorities removed the tents and posters put up by the students at the protest venue. The students said that is shocking that the VC cannot handle the posters that speak truth and challenge the many narratives that have been put out.
” You don’t have the courage to handle the posters that speak truth and challenge the many narratives that have been put out,” the letter read.
The university had issued a statement on 31st May, 2016 saying that posters, banners, flags and tents erected in the university premises were being placed without the permission of university authorities. The authorities also advised the students not to deface the walls of the buildings and other structures in the university, failing which, the action would be taken place.
On May 28, the students had staged a protest in front of the main gate of the varsity, alleging that the university authorities removed the tents and posters put up by the students at the protest venue. The students also alleged that the university desecrated the Babasaheb Ambedkar banner. The tents were put after Dalit student Rohit Vemula’s suicide on January 17.
“We are sitting here from the time the tents and Babasaheb’s banners were stolen. We blocked the main gate because they denied any role in stealing our tents and banners. In the morning, they came and pushed us away and once again committed the grievous crime of taking away the portrait of Babasaheb Ambedkar from us. One security officer contradicted his colleague (who, in the midnight had denied any role in removing Tents and banners) and said, “Yes, we have removed it following University’s instructions” in an arrogant manner. We resisted and retrieved the portrait. We will not end this blockade. We will not tolerate this insult to”, the university students said.
The university authorities, however, denied any role in stealing the tents and banners.